Fri 10/08 at The Hideout: ALTERED WALTER, Dena, Chris Merkley

(press release)

This Friday, October 8, The Hideout will host an amazing evening of rock and blues, featuring regional favorites Dena, and Chris Merkley, as well as “newcomer” southern-rock/funk trio Atlered Walter. Showtime is 8pm, and there is no cover charge for this special concert event. The Hideout is located at 596 Court Street, Binghamton.

Dena has been a Southern Tier mainstay since releasing her EP, ‘The Way You Look at Me,” in 2006. She has performed at such venues as Spiedie Fest, NYSEG Stadium, EPAC, and Magic City Music Hall, and she has rocked crowds of 5,000+ patrons. Dena has worked with industry leaders such as Grammy award winner Earl Cohen, Scott Barber (The BarberShop Studios), Jason Corsaro (engineer/producer), and Reid Whitelaw (Brookside Records). Presently she is working with vocal coach extraordinaire, Cari Cole (Donald Fagen, Courtney Love), and esteemed local producer Jeff Da Bella (Mansion Audio Recording Studio). Dena will be performing an eclectic mix of her own popular material, audience-favorite covers, and brand-new songs, during her intimate set (with an acoustic guitar accompaniment) at this Friday’s show at The Hideout. Visit Denamusic.com for more information on the artist.

Chris Merkley, since becoming a full-time musician in 2001, has performed in a dozen different countries over the course of four European and six American tours. In 2008, Merkley composed five pieces of music for HBO's critically acclaimed series, 'Generation Kill.’ Merkley is a prolific songsmith and a consummate entertainer whose signature solo show wows audiences with the artist’s blend of blues and roots music, featuring acoustic guitar, nasty harmonica chops, stomp boxes, and moving baritone vocals. For more on Merkley, please visit ChrisMerkley.com.

Altered Walter is a funk-rock power-trio, hailing from Queens, Oneonta, and greater Binghamton, that performs a body-moving mix of hot originals and popular classics. Singer/guitarist and principle writer Paul Ryan is a classically trained player, and (remarkably) a legally-blind lawyer who has recently left the corporate law game so as to focus on his passion: his music. Often compared to artists like Johnny Winter, and influenced by groups ranging from The Black Crowes to Black Sabbath, Altered Walter’s brand of funked-out southern rock is as catchy as it is powerful. The band has recently begun a long-term recording project with producer Jeff Da Bella (Mansion Audio Recording Studio). For more on Altered Walter, including recently released demo recordings, please visit myspace.com/AlteredWalterRocks.

The Hideout is quickly becoming the Southern Tier’s hot-spot for live music. The venue features the best sound in the area (w/ great stage and lighting), as well as a new menu and nightly drink specials. Visit NYHideout.com for more information.